Strikeforce Welterweight Championion Nick Diaz (24-7, 1 NC) will be looking for his 10th consecutive victory when he defends against notorious British striker Paul “Semtex” Daley (26-9-2) on Saturday, April 9 at Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California.
It will be the third title defense for Diaz, a Cesar Gracie Jiu-Jitsu black belt who was superlative en route to turning back a determined bid by challenger Evangelista Cyborg and scoring an impressive second-round submission (armbar) in his last outing this past January.
Meanwhile, Daley is on a four-fight win streak, and has won eight of his last nine bouts. In his debut with the promotion last December, “Semtex” demolished Scott “Hands Of Steel” Smith, knocking him out with a single, perfectly placed, ferocious counter left hook at 2:09 of the opening round. He went on to outclass Yuya Shirai last month in Manchester, England to secure the title shot.
“Daley has great stand-up but he likes to talk a lot of (expletive) and I’m not really impressed with him as a mixed martial artist,” said Diaz, a 6-foot-1, 27-year-old southpaw. “We’ll see how it goes and see how he does on April 9. Let’s see if he can walk the walk. I seriously doubt it.”
Strikeforce: Diaz vs. Daley takes place on April 9, 2011 at the Valley View Casino Center in San Diego, California. The main card will be televised live on Showtime. Tickets, starting at $25, go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. PT this Saturday, March 12, at Valley View Casino Center (formerly the San Diego Sports Arena), all Ticketmaster locations (800) 745-3000, Ticketmaster online and Strikeforce’S official website.